The effects of morning vomiting sickness

A steaming hot cup of coffee, a perfectly sliced toast of bread with jam and the sun shining on our faces; we all wish our mornings began like this. But, that is not always the case, especially for women who are expecting.

Morning sickness is an all too common condition that strikes anytime during the day, despite the use of the word “morning” to describe the condition. Yes, the irony is quite hilarious. But what exactly are the effects of morning sickness? Let’s find out.

What to expect?

Morning sickness usually strikes during the first trimester of the pregnancy. You might have a hard time eating food at certain times or keeping food down in your tummy. It might be jumping around and waiting to come out, which is why nausea and vomiting are most commonly experienced during morning sickness.

Apart from the feeling of tiredness you might already experience during pregnancy, persistent morning sickness might leave you even more tired and drained of energy

The effects

You might need to rest for extended periods of time due to feeling tired, sluggish or simply because you are too tired to deal with anything else on that particular day. Morning sickness is more common than you think, and just the smell of your favourite food can set off a bout of nausea. Sorry ladies, anything from brownies to your much-loved cheese to even simple comfort food might be out of the question for the next few months.

Morning sickness and dental hygiene

Even the act of brushing your teeth might cause you to throw up, but fear not, there are solutions to all your problems. While dental hygiene will not be your top priority, bouts of vomiting can leave your teeth susceptible to dental erosion due to acid reflux.

It is recommended that you rinse your mouth with water which will help get rid of the acid in your mouth. Apply fluoride-based toothpaste on the teeth to minimize the harmful effects of the acid in your mouth. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash with zero alcohol content can also help protect your teeth. And there’s always your trusted friend, your dentist, who can provide top-notch advice about how to protect your teeth during excessive morning sickness.

Making yourself feel comfortable

First and foremost, consult your doctor and not your friends and family about what you should do in case of excessive unease. They are most likely to prescribe extra vitamins, along with your prenatal vitamins. Drink lots of water and lots of juices, preferably the fresh variant, so as to get as many of those pesky nutrients as you can inside you. Snack regularly throughout the day, get plenty of rest and nap throughout the day.

Ginger tea can also help alleviate uneasiness. If you are into alternative forms of therapy, aromatherapy, acupressure, and acupuncture have also been known to help alleviate these symptoms. However, always seek your doctor’s advice before deciding any course of treatment.

For further reading, read this blog on ‘Pregnancy and Teeth Health- What you need to know.’

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Last updated on 04 July, 2018.

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